Leonard named to All-Rookie team

Kawhi LeonardSan Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was named to the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie first team today, according to an announcement from the NBA.

Leonard becomes the second straight Spurs player to be named to the first team after Gary Neal was a part of the first team last season.

Shumpert, Leonard and Knight tied for the fifth spot on the All-Rookie First Team. Shumpert averaged 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals. Leonard posted 7.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 assists. Knight tallied averages of 12.8 points, 3.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds.

Leonard got 14 first place votes and 12 second place votes to join Kyrie Irving, Ricky Rubio, Keneth Faired, Klay Thompson, Iman Shumpert and Brandon Knight on the first team.

For more on Leonard, read the feature on his rookie season and his performance in the playoffs here on Project Spurs.

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